The Washington Times - November 23, 2011, 08:46AM

Federal prosecutors released a secretly recorded video Tuesday showing former Prince George’s County Executive Jack B. Johnson casually accepting a cash bribe on the day he was arrested in connection with a wide-ranging corruption probe. The video was made public in conjunction with a sentencing memo filed by prosecutors, who say Johnson should serve 14 years in prison for accepting up to $1 million in bribes during his two terms at the helm of the county, according to The Washington Times.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell laid the groundwork Tuesday for state budget cuts — and perhaps even layoffs — after huddling with a brain trust of legislators and business leaders forecasting the national and state economic picture in coming years, The Times reports.


D.C. officials and Wal-Mart agreed Tuesday to an “unprecedented” community-benefits package that should ease the retail giant’s controversial entry into the nation’s capital. Although it had no obligation to sign a deal, the Arkansas-based retailer agreed to a Community Partnership Initiative that says it will find D.C. residents for the majority of the 1,800 jobs that are expected to be created when it opens six stores citywide in the next several years and that it will not sell guns or ammunition in the District, despite the store being the nation’s largest firearms seller, The Times reports.

A sexual assault allegedly occurred Tuesday at the 2-month-old Occupy D.C. camp, which has largely dodged crime complaints that have plagued similar camps across the country. According to the group’s website, a person living in the camp accused another Monday night of sexual assault and theft. U.S. Park Police officers immediately removed the accused person from the Northwest park. A source close to the investigation said a 51-year-old man was taken into custody after another man made the complaint, The Times reports.

A Maryland lawmaker has drafted a bill that would toughen penalties for mass thefts, such as a weekend incident in Silver Spring. Delegate Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher, Montgomery Democrat, said Tuesday that he will sponsor legislation in next year’s General Assembly that would hold each mass-theft participant responsible for the total amount of merchandise stolen by the group. Montgomery officials began calling for a crackdown this summer after about 25 teens and young adults stole merchandise from a 7-Eleven in Germantown, and Montgomery County police announced Monday that a similar theft took place Saturday night in Silver Spring, The Times reports.

The alleged East Coast rapist likely will be prosecuted first in Prince William County and could be transferred to Virginia soon pending the results of a hearing scheduled for next week in New Haven, Conn., law enforcement officials said. Police have linked Aaron H. Thomas, 40, to a series of rapes and other attacks on women that began in Maryland in the late 1990s and continued in Virginia, Connecticut and Rhode Island over more than a decade, according to The Washington Post.

Rep. Donna F. Edwards, the Democratic incumbent facing a primary in Maryland’s newly redrawn 4th District, has a 68 percent favorability rating among likely primary voters and would beat all of her challengers if the election were held today, according to an internal poll obtained by The Baltimore Sun. Ms. Edwards, first elected in a special election in 2008, beats former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey 52 percent to 16 percent, according to the poll, which was funded by her campaign and conducted by Democratic pollster Lake Research Partners.